Saturday Keynote Presentation: Sharjah Art Foundation: A United Arab Emirates Case Study

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Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation, and Curator, National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates, 56th Venice Biennale


For her presentation at TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi spoke about the Sharjah Art Foundation and its relationship to the arts community in the United Arab Emirates. Located in Sharjah, UAE, the Sharjah Art Foundation hosts activities, events, educational programs and exhibitions featuring both Arab and international artists. Since 2003, the Foundation has hosted the Sharjah Biennial (founded in 1993).1 It also organizes an annual March Meeting for global art professionals and institutions interested in the production and dissemination of art in the UAE.2

Information about Sharjah Art Foundation’s residency program, including an application, is available here.

A New York Times article featuring Al Qasimi and Sharjah Art Foundation is available here.

[1] “About Sharjah Art Foundation,” Sharjah Art Foundation, accessed November 21, 2016,

[2] “March Meeting,” Sharjah Art Foundation, accessed November 21, 2016,